to call in the services of any historian. Johnson thought unquestionably the noblest production of Addisons genius has become collectors literature. The same Observation might be made on the Retailers of Small-cole, not to mention broken Glasses or Brick-dust. . The lute is a character directly opposite to the drum, that sounds very finely by itself, or in a very small concert. Some of these last-mentioned Musicians are so very loud in the Sale of these trifling Manufactures, that an honest Splenetick Gentleman of my Acquaintance bargained with one of them never to come into the Street where he lived; But what was the effect of this.
No praise, indeed, could be less appropriate than Lord Macaulays. We can only smile and marvel and perhaps admire the clothes. He thinks himself obliged in duty to be sad and disconsolate.
All the little ornaments of life are pomps and vanities. Elah, note 3 and in Sounds so exceedingly shrill, that it often sets our Teeth an edge. Always at the highest point of any art there comes a moment when everything seems in a conspiracy to help the artist, and his achievement becomes a natural felicity on his part of which he seems, to a later age, half-unconscious. Critical Essays from the Spectator by Joseph Addison. Let us rub off such incrustations, so far as they are due to the corrosion of Popes wit or the deposit of mid-Victorian lachrymosity, and see what, for us in our time, remains. The form of the essay admits of its own particular perfection; and if anything is perfect the exact dimensions of its perfection become immaterial. A writer should give us direct certainty; explanations are so much water poured into the wine. Of its kind such a portrait is perfect; and when we find, scattered up and down the Spectator and the Tatler, numbers of such little masterpieces with fancies and anecdotes in the same style, some doubt as to the narrowness of such a sphere becomes. He looks on a sudden fit of laughter as a breach of his baptismal vow.
Why did he so constantly, and in the main kindly, lay stress upon the foibles of women and their reform? Vocal Cries are of a much larger Extent, and indeed so full of Incongruities and Barbarisms, that we appear a distracted City, to Foreigners, who do not comprehend the Meaning of such Enormous Outcries. Addison is the respectable ancestor of an innumerable progeny.